How we provide foster care
to rescued horses
with Bonnie Gruenberg
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Welcome Global Dragon and Ashley's Attack (Phoenix)
In May of 2022, Alex and I agreed to provide foster care for two Standardbred horses. In February, they were in the kill pen in Shippensburg, PA, having been weighed and tagged for slaughter. Today, they live happily in our backyard farm. The goal is to train them and place them for adoption so they will find lifelong homes as family horses.
Check out our blog! Saved from the Kill Pen: Fostering Rescue Horses
Why Rescue Horses?
Alex and I moved to Lancaster County, PA, so I could practice as a community midwife, working at a free-standing birth center and attending home births with a largely Amish population. We found our dream house and added horse fencing, a horse barn, a round pen, and a Ritchie automatic waterer to keep our two horses in humble luxury. Tragically, our mare Andante developed severe founder in 2022 and was euthanized. Our gelding Dodge was heartbroken, and so were we. Rather than buy a companion to Dodge, we gave him to a young friend who plans to use him for competition and dote on him for all of his days.
But then we were left with devastatingly empty pastures and no equine friends to brighten our days. After great consideration, we decided that the idea solution would be to foster rescue horses saved from slaughter by the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (www.adoptahorse.org). My intention is to take in two foster horses, put some training into them, film videos of their progress, blog about them. and help them find forever homes. Whereupon I will take in two more fosters.
This solution is ideal for us. It allows us to help horses in need, it gives us the opportunity to enjoy horses on our property, and the SRF will take the horses back if we become unable to care for them, an important consideration as we age.
Backyard horse videos